Corn planting got off to a fast start in Nebraska. That is until the rains came.
Farmers got into the fields as early as mid-April. Rains have slowed their progress considerably.
Ann Meis of Elgin in northeast Nebraska says her family planted about 250 acres of corn before the rains set in.
“I’d estimate anywhere from 20 to maybe 40% of corn is in the fields,” Meis tells Brownfield Ag News. “Now the rain has shut us all down, but it’s a beautiful spring rain.”
Meis says they need another five to seven “good days” to finish corn planting.
“We were somewhat dry and it sure is good to see this rain and, boy, have our pastures greened up,” Meis says. “Now it’s time to make sure our fences are fixed and our pastures are ready and we can start turning our cattle out on pasture. So there’s always things to do, even in the rain.”
The National Ag Statistics Service reports 26% of the corn crop was in the ground by last weekend, slightly behind normal. Seven percent of the corn has emerged. Only two percent of the soybean crop has been planted, again slightly behind normal.
Rain has helped winter wheat and pastures. Wheat was rated 61% good to excellent and 35% fair, with only four percent poor. Seventy-one percent of the wheat crop was jointed, well ahead of the 32% average. One percent of the crop was headed.
Pasture conditions are well above the five-year average with 71% good to excellent and 28% fair, according to the Statistics Service.
Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News, contributed to this story.